Doha: Under the patronage of Amir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, activities of ‘Doha Capital of Culture in the Islamic World 2021’ will kick off on March 8.
The year-long activities will be held under the supervision of the Ministry of Culture and Sports, in cooperation with the Islamic World Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (ICESCO); Qatar National Commission for Education, Culture and Science; and the strategic partners in the State, namely the Ministry of Education and Higher Education; the Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs; Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development; Qatar Museums; and the Cultural Village Foundation – Katara.
ICESCO selected Doha to be the Capital of Culture in the Islamic World for the year 2021 given its ancient history and legacy, the civilizational components and landmarks in the State of Qatar that reflect the Islamic character, and based on the fact that Doha is considered a venue for dialogue, cultures and openness to civilizations.
Doha’s hosting of this Islamic event promotes the bonds of friendship and respect between Qatar and other countries, in particular the Islamic world, and constitutes an opportunity to highlight the State’s cultural diversity and historic monuments, and the human values of Qatar’s culture and its ancient history.
The activities of Doha Capital of Culture in the Islamic World 2021 seek to promote the eternal Islamic values, especially those based on science and human dignity; promote the Islamic cultural heritage in an interconnected world; encourage creativity and innovation as civilized values that enrich the Islamic civilization; inspire the new generations in the Islamic world to enrich the global cultural scene through a productive and effective role; focus on cultural diversity as an added value for Islamic countries and the Islamic culture in general; and introduce the cultural experience of the State of Qatar and its efforts in promoting the Islamic culture.
General coordinator of the celebration, Hamad Al Athba, said that choosing Doha to a capital of the Islamic culture was the result of meeting the conditions that make it a shining Islamic beacon in the sky of the Arab and Islamic world. The State of Qatar is interested in the Islamic heritage in particular, and archaeological heritage and history in general, through the restoration of a number of archaeological areas in the country and paying attention to them, in addition to its constant endeavour to find historic and Islamic artifacts that highlight the Islamic monuments in the past centuries, as is the case in the Museum of Islamic Art.
He added that Doha Capital of Culture in the Islamic World 2021 comes in conjunction with the continuous preparations to host 2022 Qatar World Cup and the construction boom country has witnessed in a short period in various fields, especially in the infrastructure, providing a model in building the society and the state.
Secretary-General of Qatar National Commission for Education, Culture and Science Dr. Hamda Hassan Al Sulaiti said that hosting the activities of Doha Capital of Culture in the Islamic World 2021 comes within the efforts exerted by the State of Qatar to spread the Islamic and humanitarian culture, noting that the decision to launch Islamic cultural capitals was issued in Doha twenty years ago when it was adopted by the Third Islamic Conference of Culture Ministers, which was held in Doha in 2001 and provided for the nomination of three cultural capitals in the Islamic world every year, representing the three Arab, Asian and African regions.
For his part, Director of the Culture and Arts Department at the Ministry of Culture and Sports Faisal Al Suwaidi said that Qatar’s hosting of Doha Capital of Culture in the Islamic World 2021 contributes to realizing the Ministry’s strategy for 2018-2022 which seeks to provide for developing cultural environment for the energies of the Qatari society in all its components.
He noted that cooperation between all parties within the state, including the strategic partners and participating bodies, resulted in preparing more than 70 diverse events during the current year as part of the activities.
The celebration of Doha Capital of Culture in the Islamic World 2021 represents the Arab region, and it coincides with the same celebration in Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan, which represents the Asian region, and Banjul, the capital of the Gambia, that represents the African region.